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Will the army allow Algeria’s push for democracy: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. Why are there ongoing protests in Algeria?

Thousands of Algerian protesters took to the streets of the capital Algiers for a 25th consecutive Friday, calling for “civil disobedience” against the ruling class amid an ongoing political crisis in the country. The crisis began on February 16 after ageing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to seek a fifth term led to his resignation on April 2 following pressure from the country’s army. Since then, protesters have been calling for the army to step down, and give the people the right of democracy and governance. Protesters are also demanding a complete overhaul of the system which comprises army generals, business gurus and politicians, beginning with the interim president, Abdelkader Bensalah and Army chief, Ahmed Gaid Salah.

2. Algerian army fears call for its ousting

The Algerian army has shown fears of calls for its ousting, as Internet rights group, NetBlocks, reported on Thursday (August 8) that Algeria blocked internet briefly over a politico-security incident. The group said data it had connected confirmed that: “YouTube and several Google services and websites have been blocked across Algeria on the evening of Thursday 8 August 2019 by state-run Algeria Telecom and other leading internet providers, adding “The restrictions come after the publication of a video where Algeria’s ex-defence minister Khaled Nezzar addressed “members of the National People’s Army” calling on them to “realize the demands of the people,” understood as to be a call for the public to oust military leader Ahmed Gaid Salah.” The army is clearly fearful of a planned outing, and has taken authoritative measures to ensure its position of power, for now at least.

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3. Algeria military court orders arrest of former Defense minister

4. Army calls for polls

5. Crisis hurting Algerian economy

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